Whether you’re considering selling or just wanting to freshen up a new property, home or holiday condo, adding value to your walls isn’t as complex or expensive as it might sound. Here are three areas to consider.Renovating
First off, plan ahead so you can allocate budget accordingly. To avoid any rushed investment, you should ask for advice to a specialist contractor that will evaluate the extent of the work that needs to get done.
If you’re thinking of renovating an old property
, chances are you will need to prioritize the following: new double glazed windows, an efficient new heating system and wiring.
Investing in a new kitchen is also an excellent investment: it’s often the most important room in a property and you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune.
Preferably opt for stainless steel equipments that will not only last longer, but will also look great in any colour scheme of your choosing.Home staging
Ideal for small budgets, a little bit of home staging might be enough
to attract potential buyers and sell quickly if you don’t need much renovating done.
Here’s how to get started:
- Decluttering: tidying up and getting rid of anything that could potentially distract your buyers or take up too much room space. As a rule of thumb, try and remove anything too personal (posters, photos, etc…) so potential buyers can project themselves in your home.
- Fresh paint on the walls: try and opt for neutral and modern colours such as warm greys and whites.
- Bits and bobs: think of all those little things (wires hanging from the ceiling, small holes and cracks in the walls, a dodgy door knob, etc…) around the house that you never got round to fixing. This is the perfect time to do something about them. It shouldn’t cost you too much time and money, but it will make a massive difference in the end.
Smart homes have been on the rise for a good few years now and investing in home technologies is pretty much a must if you want your home value to stay competitive in the long run.
Major tech companies such as Apple, Samsung and Google are all investing
big bucks in the future home automation (sometimes called ‘domotics’) in particular.
Just about anything in your home, from fridge temperature to the washing machine will soon be at the tip of your fingers. Suffice it to say that there are already apps out there that can get your favourite coffee ready whenever you want.
It’s not all fun gimmicks though, with energy saving (heating and lighting), theft deterrents (captors and video cameras connected to your phone) and prevention of home accidents (gas leaks, flooding, etc…) among the most useful applications of smart home technologies.
Home automation is modular and flexible, so you can keep upgrading your home bit by bit, depending on your budget. Basic packages are available for around $1,500 and prices are likely to go down as this market is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years.